Poetry Society of America

Executive Director

The Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America (PSA) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization. The position reports to the Board of Directors and manages a staff of four including a Deputy Director, Development Director, Programs Manager, and a Development Assistant who together serve the organization's mission to "place poetry at the crossroads of American life."

Key Objectives:

  • Expand and deepen the organization's impact across the nation
  • Maintain, advance, and diversify the organization's funding base
  • Ensure an enduring record of excellence in programming and reputation
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and partners to expand the organization's reach and cultivate an inclusive environment


The Executive Director sets the artistic and strategic vision for the organization; oversees the implementation of its programs as approved by its Board of Governors; and serves as the PSA's primary ambassador. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the overall fundraising strategy, working closely with the Development Director, Board, the board committees and the advisory committees, which are currently active in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
  • Overseeing nearly fifty public programs annually and across the country, including programs related to the PSA's signature program, Poetry in Motion, presenting poems to nearly 10 million subway and bus riders in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
  • Sustaining and creating new partnerships to foster wider awareness and build new audiences—pursuing new awards to support poets at every stage of their careers.
  • Overseeing the administration and artistic direction of the Chapbook Fellowship Program, publishing four Chapbooks by emerging poets each year.


  • Demonstrated senior management experience, preferably at a non-profit institution
  • Thorough knowledge of poetry and the literary arts community
  • Proven ability to raise funds from public and private sources
  • Strong budget management skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal as well as excellent written and oral communication skills
  • History of building and sustaining collaborative partnerships/relationships among stakeholders and supporters
  • Facility for interacting with and building rapport amongst a culturally diverse community of audiences and artists


Commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Generous benefits package including health benefits and generous vacation time.

To apply: E-mail cover letter and resume to jobs@poetrysociety.org.

Deadline to submit: June 7.

Contact Information

Brett Fletcher Lauer, Deputy Director
Poetry Society of America
15 Gramercy Park
New York
Contact Phone: 
(212) 254-9628
Contact e-mail: